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Son de Mar (Sound of the Sea)


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A new literature teacher, Ulises, comes to a small town near the sea and falls in love with a young woman, Martina. This woman is loved by a rich businessman named Alberto but chooses Ulises. Soon after their marriage and the birth of their son, Ulises vanishes while fishing at sea. In the meanwhile Martina marries Alberto, but all is not what it seems...

Special Features

  • In Castilian or neutral Spanish with English subtitles
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Jordi Mollà, Leonor Watling, Eduard Fernández, Sergio Caballero, Neus Agulló
  • Directors: Bigas Luna
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lolafilms Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001O3YIU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,923 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Son de Mar (Sound of the Sea)" on IMDb

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Ulises impregnates Martina, they marry quickly and a baby is born.
RIZZO _*.*_
Sex as visual entertainment may work out to young audiences but restrains the artistic intentions.
Hiram Gomez Pardo
All of the scenery is gorgeous and the people are very beautiful as well.
LYNNETTE DI ROMANI

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 24, 2007
Format: DVD
Bigas Luna is a Spanish director who has his own style (Jamón, jamón, Huevos de oro, Bámbola, Lumière et compagnie, La Femme de chambre du Titanic, etc) and his method of storytelling takes some adjustment on the part of the viewer. For those who treasure the magical mysteries of Latin dramas this film SON DE MAR (Sound of the Sea) will surely satisfy. Keeping with the title he has chosen (from Rafael Azcona's screenplay based on Manuel Vicent's novel) the presence of the complex sounds of water are ever present and the carriage that escorts the lovers to their ultimate destiny is a boat of the same name. It works.

Ulises (Jordi Mollà) is a teacher brought in midterm to a little town's school. His obsession (and teaching assignment) is Virgil's Aeneid, and he constantly reads it, quotes it, coaxes his students to read aloud the poetry therein, and when he finds an apartment belonging to a couple whose daughter Martina (Leonor Watling) falls under Ulises spell, Ulises quotes from the book scenes involving serpents from the sea, words that make the young and very beautiful Martina awaken sexually. In rapid sequence they become pregnant and marry - though Martina's parents prefer the young wealthy Sierra (Eduard Fernández) as a suitable husband.

Soon after their baby son is born the couple attend a party at Sierra's estate and Ulises eyes a beautiful woman while Sierra attempts to win Martina's heart. Ulises buys a fishing boat and sets out to fish for Martina but the boat is wrecked and thinking Ulises dead, a Requiem mass is held and Martina in time marries Sierra for his ability to provide for her infant son. Five years pass and the now steely Martina lives in luxury and receives a phone call from - Ulises!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RIZZO _*.*_ VINE VOICE on January 28, 2006
Format: DVD
If you are familiar with any work of Begas Luna, you might recognize his desire to include sex, and this movie has its share of sexual scenes. Fortunately, the subjects and scenes were tasteful. And, if you are new to European film, they favor full frontal nudity. Upon viewing, we are given a warning.

Martina is a young girl who is attracted by a drifter (Ulises) who ends up at her family's rooming house. He lands a job as a literature teacher and in romancing her, he quotes passages from Virgil's The Aenid and other pleasing-to-the-ear passages. Martina is in love, nothing else matters to her except the excitement of passion and sex.

Ulises impregnates Martina, they marry quickly and a baby is born. We don't see or learn much that Ulises becomes restless with marital and parental life; however, we only view a couple of short scenes that dictate his unhappy state.

Then, Ulises is suspected of drowning. But now we cut to Martina's luxurious life married to rival and villainous construction magnate.

The suspense continues......

The movie has elements of suspense, love, seduction, mystery, betrayal, nudity and plenty of hot sex. The beautiful music at the end was soothing like the Sound of the Sea. It was quite entertaining and I recommend it highly. ...Rizzo
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By LYNNETTE DI ROMANI on May 24, 2005
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This film is beautiful. All of the scenery is gorgeous and the people are very beautiful as well. However, it tells the story of a gorgeous young woman who falls for a seductive teacher who turns her on sexually with poetic prose. However, he never tells her he loves her until their wedding day (shotgun wedding) and only after she forces it out of him. After the birth of their child, he seems uneasy with his new life as husband and father. He even removes his wedding ring. He then fakes his death in order to leave his situation (one that I would gladly trade places with) so that he could live wandering the world lustfully. After the wife remarries to a wealthy and loving man, who adopts her child, the estranged undead husband reappears, wanting her back. Now, if I were the woman in this case, I would have completely gotten medieval with him, showing him what true suffering can be like. However, after she gives him a well deserved slap on his face, he begins to spout poetry once again, causing her to awaken those dormant feelings of complete arousal. She then begins to neglect her perfect life with her new husband, child, and gorgeous home and wealth. The new hubby finds out and .....well, you will see. I know I would have done something along the same lines. Great film, but, women with low self esteem who are selfish and make wrong choices really make me sick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 11, 2012
Format: DVD
Bigas Luna's 2001 film SON DE MAR is a tragic tale of sex and death on the southeast coast of Spain. The dashing Ulises (Jordi Mollà) moves to a seaside village to teach literature, and soon begins a relationship with the alluring Martina (Leonor Watling), the daughter of his landlord. After marriage and children, Ulises wants his freedom back, so he takes off into the unknown, and Martina remarries with Sierra (Eduard Fernández), the wealthy property investor who has pursued her the whole time. Ulises's return after several years creates a love triangle that ends in a sordid way.

This is essentially a soap opera, and one that relies on sex scenes far too much in order to pass the time. How much sex is here? Well, by the end of the film (or even at the midpoint), a nude Leonor Watling will no longer seem especially enticing. That must be the very definition of overdoing it. Still, it has a few elements that elevate it above total vacuity. For one, Ulises seduces Martina by quoting from the Aeneid, and though his repeated use of the same quotation to do so becomes tiresome, it's rather novel that Virgil's dusty old text is exploited for erotic potential. Also, Bigas Luna has a knack for writing tragedy in the conventional sense (protagonists with a fatal flaw), and the ending is quite memorable.
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